Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1

Below are's most popular articles from Thursday, May 1, 2014. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from today on!

1) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 BWW Exclusive: First Listen & Guest Essay - Scott Alan & Shoshana Bean Sing 'I'm in Pain' from ANYTHING WORTH HOLDING ON TO
by BWW Special Coverage - May 01, 2014

Editor's Note: I've known composer Scott Alan for almost as long as has been in existence. We met very shortly after the web site started, and were excited to showcase one of his first songs, 'Never Neverland (Fly Away)' at our first ever concert at Joe's Pub (sung by the wonderful Stephanie J. Block). I was intrigued by the album after seeing a preview of the cover art (by the uber-talented Logan Hicks), and even more curious to hear the album itself, his first to feature just himself instead of the usual line-up of talent from Broadway and beyond. There's always something special about hearing a composer sing his own songs, but I was still unprepared when he shared with me a preview copy for a first listen. What I didn't expect as I hit play was for it to 'ruin' my entire afternoon, as I found myself both unable to concentrate on anything else, and, as it completed, I quickly hit 'repeat' to bring me back to the first track and listen all over again. Then, I wrote him my first fan letter, and asked him if he'd share both a track (of my choosing) as well as a note explaining the origins of both the album, and the song. (more...)

2) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Breaking News: THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY to Close May 18
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

The Bridges of Madison County, the new Broadway musical by Tony AwardŽ and Pulitzer Prize-winning team Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman, starring five-time Tony Award-nominee Kelli O'Hara, and star of screen & stage and 2014 Drama Desk nominee Steven Pasquale, will play its final performance on Sunday, May 18, 2014, having played 137 performances. (more...)

3) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 VIDEO: Audra McDonald Chats 'LADY DAY'; Performs Two Numbers on 'Colbert'
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2014

Audra McDonald stopped by last night's THE COLBERT REPORT to chat about her Broadway role as Billie Holiday in 'Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill' and perform two numbers from the show. (more...)

4) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 InDepth InterView Exclusive: Kevin Spacey Talks New RICHARD III Documentary NOW, Plus HOUSE OF CARDS, Future Musical? & More
by Pat Cerasaro - May 01, 2014

Last night I had the particular privilege of discussing the intricacies and intrigue of William Shakespeare's legendary history play RICHARD III with one of the greatest actors of our age and a true patron of the arts - two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey. Discussing the finer points of his characterization of the hunchback antihero, Spacey paints a vivid portrait of his experiences in reteaming with his AMERICAN BEAUTY collaborator, director Sam Mendes, on bringing a truly 21st century take on the classic play to the stage - and then bringing the production all the way from the hallowed ground of Spacey's own The Old Vic in London, to the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City to a whirlwind worldwide tour spanning the globe. NOW, a compelling new documentary following the project from rehearsal through to opening night and ensuing world tour is set to be released next month and is highlighted by the fly-on-the-wall intimacy and access it provides viewers, as well as offering copious performance footage of Spacey and company in action onstage. Additionally, Spacey and I address and analyze the undeniable connections between RICHARD III and his super-successful Netflix dramatic series HOUSE OF CARDS, touching upon not only the dramatic parallels, but the lucky sequence of events that made the entire endeavor possible in the first place. After all, Frank Underwood is the modern Richard III in many ways - bloodlust, ambition, ego, humor and darkness included; but, also, the humanity. Plus, Spacey expresses his enthusiasm for starting work on Season Three of the series now that they have been granted Maryland filming tax breaks once again, which was holding up production until this week. Besides all of that, Spacey also clues us in on his future endeavors of interest, mentioning his spate of recent musical performances and his desire to pursue a musical role once again sometime soon following his acclaimed turn as Bobby Darin in musical biopic BEYOND THE SEA. FOLLIES, perhaps?! A wide-ranging conversation with a stage and screen mega-star like none other awaits in today's special spotlight. (more...)

5) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Showtime to Air BROADWAY IDIOT Documentary, 5/8
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2014

Showtime presents the US broadcast premiere of BROADWAY IDIOT on Thursday, May 8th @ 8 PM EST/PST. (more...)

6) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 THEATRICAL THROWBACK THURSDAY: TV's First Tony Awards
by Pat Cerasaro - May 01, 2014

In honor of the 2014 Tony Award nominations this week, we are shining a special spotlight on the first national broadcast of the Tony Awards, which occurred way back on March 26, 1967, with CABARET becoming the big winner of the night (and back on Broadway this season, as a matter of fact). (more...)

7) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 VIDEO: Idina Menzel on Return to Broadway: 'Just Like Being Home'
by Movies News Desk - May 01, 2014

Idina Menzel, who just received a Tony nomination as Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her performance in Broadway's IF/THEN, chatted with ET yesterday about returning to Broadway and the many recent successes in her career. (more...)

8) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 AMERICAN IDOL Recap: Viewers' Choices Make Tough Night for IDOL Top-5, Ariana Grande Surprises Finalist (Updated w/ pictures)
by Matt Tamanini - May 01, 2014

Well, now it's time to get serious. AMERICAN IDOL has navigated through a tumultuous Season XIII to get down to a fairly acceptable Top-5. Perhaps last week's goodbye to the tonally deficient C.J. Harris has erased my disappointment in the early eliminations of Majesty and Malaya, but for the most part, the five finalists have all shown something that warrants their inclusion. (more...)

9) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane to Reunite in IT'S ONLY A PLAY on Broadway This Fall; Jack O'Brien to Direct!
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

The New York Times reports that THE PRODUCERS stars Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane will reunite in a new version of Terrence McNally's IT'S ONLY A PLAY, directed by Jack O'Brien and opening on Broadway in September 2014. No word yet on where the show will run. (more...)

10) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Tony Nominated Director Nicholas Martin Passes Away at Age 75
by Louisa Brady - May 01, 2014

BroadwayWorld is sad to report that according to multiple sources, Tony Award-nominated director Nicholas Martin passed away yesterday, April 30th at the age of seventy-five. (more...)

11) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 National Theatre Live Broadcasts Sam Mendes-Helmed KING LEAR with Simon Russell Beale in Cinemas Today
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

Two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Russell Beale's performance in the title role of William Shakespeare's KING LEAR, directed by Academy Award winner Sam Mendes, will be seen by cinema audiences worldwide when NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE broadcasts the production live from the National's Olivier Theatre today, May 1, 2014, with varying dates internationally and encore screenings to follow. (more...)

12) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Oz-tastic! Lea Michele & Darren Criss Sing 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' Live
by Pat Cerasaro - May 01, 2014

Broadway headliners and breakout stars of FOX's hit musical dramedy series Glee Lea Michele and Darren Criss partnered up to perform an impromptu rendition of the movie musical classic 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' from THE WIZARD OF OZ at a recent charity gala and a first listen to the delightful duet is now available to hear. (more...)

13) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 FIRST LISTEN: Ramin Karimloo Sings 'Empty Chairs at Empty Tables' from New EP
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

The recent Tony nominee released his latest EP, titled 'The Road to Find Out: East,' on April 8, 2014 (more...)

14) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2014 Tony Nominees- Black Eye or Not, Andy Karl Will Be at ROCKY!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 01, 2014

Today we kick off our Tonys coverage with Andy Karl, a nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for Rocky, who chats about the thrill of being recognized after 20 years on Broadway, drawing inspiration from Sylvester Stallone, and more. Check out what he had to say below! (more...)

15) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 VIDEO: HBO Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at THE NORMAL HEART
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2014

Today, the cable network shared a behind-the-scenes look from the set of the highly anticipated drama. (more...)

16) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Mel Brooks Says BLAZING SADDLES Will Be a 'Bold and Crazy Musical'
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

Funnyman Mel Brooks recently revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that his 1974 satirical Western comedy 'Blazing Saddles' is a step closer to a trip to Great White Way. He told EW: 'Blazing Saddles' is almost there. I get the feeling that if I could find the time to write three or four more songs, it could be a bold and crazy musical.' (more...)

17) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Carole King to Perform with BEAUTIFUL Cast at Tony Awards?
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

According to the New York Times, Carole King, who until last month had seen the Broadway show about her life, we reportedly 'do anything it takes' to help Beautiful win Tony Awards this June. The show, which earned 7 nods on Tuesday, is one of four new shows up for Best Musical, and King plans on both attending and performing at the June 8 ceremony, though she hasn't yet decided what she will sing. She told NYT: 'Once I got over my fear of how the show would affect me emotionally - seeing my life onstage - I decided I was all in on helping the show.' (more...)

18) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 Kristin Chenoweth to Play Sleeping Beauty Villain in Disney Channel's DESCENDANTS
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2014

Kristin Chenoweth will take on the role of Sleeping Beauty villain Maleficent in the Disney Channel telepic DESCENDANTS. (more...)

19) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 BWW Blog: Meet BWW's May Blogger, Andrea McArdle
by Guest Blogger: Andrea McArdle - May 01, 2014

Hello everybody at BWW! My name's Andrea! What's yours?! (more...)

20) Hottest Articles on BWW from Thursday, May. 1 VIOLET, GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE, CABARET & More Set for Next Week's 'Today'!
by TV News Desk - May 01, 2014

Starting the week of May 5, there will be live performances on the plaza from the hit musicals Violet, Bullets Over Broadway, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, Cabaret and Mama Mia. (more...)

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